William Shakespeare's Othello is a play of destruction, deception and jealousy in which the mind of a valiant soldier named Othello is manipulated and cheated leading to his downfall. It is clear in the play that the contriving actions of others enable his weaknesses to be preyed upon and used as a tool of annihilation, but it is through the beguilement of others that seals him to his treacherous fate. Iago plays upon Othello’s own weaknesses and fears with his lies and innuendos making Othello a more susceptible victim. The scenes which will undergo analysis are Act 1 Scene 3, Act 3 Scene 3 and Act 5 Scene 2 and will thereby give substantial evidence to support the argument that Othello’s downfall was brought on by the scheming of others.
Act 1, Scene 3 is the beginning of Iago and Roderigo’s scheming against Othello but Roderigo is unaware that Iago is using him as an instrument of manipulation to take down his rival, Cassio, and Othello. Iago achieves this through Roderigo’s weakness of loving Desdemona in which he is utterly morose about his rejection, and uses this as a weapon to help his plan. Iago’s manipulative skills come into play as he deceptively reassures him that, “She must change for youth: when she is sated with his body, she will find the error of her choice.” (Lines 334-336). Iago creates a misleading story which wills Roderigo into accepting his offer. Othello clearly shows his trust towards Iago when talking to the Duke about his secret marriage to Desdemona, “A man he is of honest and trust. To his conveyance I assign my wife” (Lines 281-282). This is a clear representation of dramatic irony as Iago’s character proves to be the opposite of honest and trustworthy, “Appearances vs. reality”, Iago uses this theme to his advantage, his appearance to Othello may seem authentic and honest but his reality is a cold, brutal yearning for power. Brabantio plays upon Othello’s weakness of his love for Desdemona, “Look to her, Moor, if though hast...
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